Finding Balance in School

Imagine this: You, feeling good, feeling energized, feeling ready to show up and retain the information you're learning because you're eating, sleeping, and finding ways to take good care of yourself. Even though it can feel like you have too much to juggle during school, there are ways to find a balance through it all. 


  • Follow these 7 tips for staying balanced, even when school feels like a circus act.


Step 1: Name Your True Priorities 

How to Find Your True Priorities:

  • Define balance for yourself.
  • What's non-negotiable to you?
  • Filter out expectations, "shoulds," and items that aren't YOUR priorities.




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Step 2: Organize Your Time

  • Keep priorities in mind when you plan your schedule.
  • Remember to leave time for personal care.
  • Front load the planning - know what you plan to do and have everythign you need ready to go before you sit down to do it.
  • Leave enough flexibility for the natural give and take of time management.


Tools you can use:

Step 3: Identify Supporters & Resources

  • Communicate your goals and intentions. 
  • Let supporters know what's important to you.
  • Let supporters know how they can support you.
  • Be aware of challengers and how they influence you.
  • Take a proactive approach.
  • Use the services and resources available to you.


Tools you can use:

Step 4: Break it Down...

  • Break down big tasks into smaller parts.
  • Give yourself opportunities to reward yourself and celebrate your success. 
  • Give yourself mid-way checkpoints and deadlines. 
  • Build in flex time.


...and Do One Thing at a Time (step 5)

  • Take a mindful approach to each task on your list. Divided attention is distracted attention.



Learn more:

How to Use Time Blocking to Manage Your Day

How Psychologists Define Attention

How Multitasking Affects Brain Health and Productivity

Single-Tasking for Productivity and Stress-Management

Step 6: Use Your Down Time Wisely

  • Rest and leisure are important to balance.
  • Pay attention to how you use your down time. Is it constructive? 
  • Choose restorative activities that add value to your life.
  • Be compassionate and honest with yourself about the influences on your idle time.



Need a minute to recharge? Try a meditation:


Learn more with these Campus Health resources:

Step 7: Give Yourself an Outlet

  • Set aside time to do the things that matter to you. 
  • Find ways to bring value and meaning into your life.
  • Give yourself space to let go of worries and expectations. 
  • Just be present doing that thing.


Learn more:

MORE TOOLS FOR finding balance



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